Overtime session in 2016 less likely

Last legislative was the longest session in a single year on record in Washington state’s history.

It stretched into three overtime sessions. Lawmakers narrowly avoided a government shutdown and went home only after spending 176 days in session.

On Monday, the 2016 legislative session kicked off and the 60-day countdown clock started.

Lawmakers have continually voiced optimism that they will adjourn on time.

The governor said recently there is no reason why lawmakers would need extra innings this session.

Sure, we’ve heard that before. But there’s more confidence in lawmakers’ tones this time around and there’s a reason why.

“Everybody has to raise money and campaign,” said Rep. Jim Moeller, D-Vancouver, who is a candidate for lieutenant governor.

And there is a freeze on campaigning while in session.

“That will be the difference,” Moeller said candidly. “The entire House is up, all the statewide offices are up, the governor is up.”

So the odds are good the session will adjourn on March 10th.

“Everyone from the President on down will have their hands out and we can’t do that while in session,” Moeller said.

Lauren Dake

Lauren Dake

Lauren Dake covers politics for The Columbian. You can reach her at 360-735-4534 or lauren.dake@columbian.com. Follow her on Twitter .

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